Dark Parks Books & Collectibles

Drummond, William.

The Oedipus Judaicus. [Presentation Copy From Author to the Marchioness of Stafford, Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland]. London: A.J. Valpy, 1811. First edition. First private edition. Only 50 copies printed. [8],2, lxxxii, 16 plates, [2], 381, [1]p. Lacks  2-page ads at end, not uncommon. Contemporary calf, gilt rules to covers, floral decorative gilt spine, with title on red label, minor edge wear, covers with some rubbing, minor scar to front cover (see pictures), marbled edges and endpapers. First blank with presentation inscription from author ‘To the Marchioness of Stafford With his Wm. Drummond Compliments’, small clean tear on same leaf, no affect. Text clean and overall an excellent copy.​ 16 lithographed plates by T. Baxter, plus one unsigned engraving.​ Drummond (1770-1828), scholar and diplomatist, first attracted scholarly attention with his "A Review of the Governments of Athens and Sparta" published in 1795 when he was but 25 years old. He became a member of Parliament and was sent to Naples as minister plenipotentiary. He then became ambassador to the Ottoman Porte. Though he wrote other works on ancient history, his most famous work is the Oedipus Judaicus. " ...his most daring work writing was Oedipus Judaicus printed for private circulation in 1811 (Only 50 copies were printed!). It was an attempt to prove that many parts of the Old Testament are allegories, chiefly derived from astronomy (thus Joshua is a type of the Sun in the sign of Ram, Jerico the Moon in her several quarters) and was accompanied by a very polemical preface, published separately. This curious anticipation of modern theories professed to be written from the standpoint of a theist." [-DNB]. "As one reviewer said, 'It could only be brought out occasionally, when the servants were busy, and the children a-bed--lest a single glance into one of its pages should either excite plebeian horror, or produce too early a contempt for old fashioned opinions." [As quoted in Joscelyn Godwin's The Theosophical Enlightenment,1994, who should be seen for a fuller account of the author and his work.] We believe the inscription from author Drummond is to ‘the Marchioness of Stafford’, Elizabeth Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland (1765-1839), Scottish peer best known for her involvement in the Highland Clearances (the Scottish Agricultural Revolution), also friend of Sir Walter Scott and and published artists, with watercolor, oil paintings and etchings.

NSTC D1861. Lowndes 676.        DP20325   $1200.00

Digby, Kenelm.

Theatrum sympatheticum, in quo sympathiae actiones variae... Nurnberg: J.A. and W. Jun Endter, 1660. First Latin edition. 8vo. Hardcover. [1], )(3-)(5, [6], A-Q12. Lacks blanks. (20), 377, (3)p. Modern antique calf, blind fleurons and rules to covers, red title label in gilt, new endpapers, lacks blanks. Rare folding frontispiece with tiny worm track at upper edge of large blank inner margin, no affect to illustration at all. Few contemporary notes, specifically corrections to the text. Would be interesting to know who made them. Some minor foxing and a few light dampstains to front, overall an excellent copy, old bookmark ribbon bound in. Rare first Latin edition, at time of description we locate only one other copy for sale, at a much higher price.  With rare folding emblematic frontispiece. “Digby first described his well-known weapon-salve, or powder of sympathy, in the discourse alleged to have been delivered at Montpellier in 1658. Its method of employment stamps it as the merest quackery. The wound was never to be brought into contact with the powder, which was merely powdered vitriol. A bandage was to be taken from the wound, immersed in the powder, and kept there till the wound healed. Digby gives a fantastic account of the ‘sympathetic’ principles involved. He says that he learned how to make and apply the drug from a Carmelite who had travelled in the East, and whom he met at Florence in 1622. He first employed it about 1624 to cure James Howell of a wound in his hand, and he adds that James I and Dr. Mayerne were greatly impressed by its efficacy, and that Bacon registered it in his scientific collections... “ [-DNB].  Caillet 10600. Thorndike VII: 505. Bruning 2031. Ferguson II: 440.       Occult. Medicine. Science. Quackery. Emblems. Sympathetic powder. War. Alchemy. Salve. Potions. Ointment.DP20239   $1000.00

Daubuz, Charles.

A Perpetual Commentary on the Revelation of St. John. Wherein is contain’d, I. The Original Sacred Text, and the English Translation... II. The Nature of the Prophetick Stile, and the Use of Symbolical and Mystick Terms... III, The History of the Church of Christ in the several great Periods of its Militant State here upon Earth... With A Preliminary Discourse, Concerning The Certainty of the Principles upon which the Revelation of St. John is to be understood. London: Printed for Benj. Tooke, 1720. First edition. Rare. Folio. [2], 1-563, 481-1048p. Complete, mispaginated. Folio. Contemporary Cambridge style binding, rebacked, gilt title to spine, rubbed, some staining, edges worn. New endpapers, lacks first and last blanks, text complete. Very few minor repairs to outer margin, few pinholes to outer margins, no text affect, few pages lightly browned, very few tiny contemporary ink notes at inner margin, overall an excellent copy of a rare and important work. Some Greek and Latin text translations. 11Y2 - 11Y1 bound before each other. Page numbers 481-563 are repeated in the pagination, text is continuous. Second sequence of numbers, pp.485-488 are misnumbered 845-848, and p.1067 misnumbered 1057. [See ESCTC match]. At time of description we locate no other copies for sale and we find no auction records via Rare Book Hub. Due to size of book shipping will be adjusted. Charles Daubuz (1673-1717), Church of England clergyman and theologian. “Daubuz Charles, a French Protestant divine...came to England on the revocation of the Edict of Nantes, and became vicar of Brotherton, Cheshire... His Commentary on the Book of Revelation (Lond. 1720, folio) is a most elaborate work, to which later writers have been much indebted, and which is one of the most learned books written on the Apocalypse. The abridgment by Lancaster (Lond. 1730, 4to) forms a good analysis of its contents. Both works are rare.” [-Strong & McClintock: Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological, and Ecclesiastical Literature, 1880]. “Horne describes the ‘Commentary’ as  ‘an elaborate and useful work, of which later authors have not failed to avail themselves’ (Intro to Study of the Scriptures, vol.v) [-see DNB on Daubuz].
“One of the most significant treatments of the subject of prophetic language appears in Charles Daubuz Perpetual Commentary (172), a well-known work which Warburton, Hartley, and Bryant must have read with attention. Daubuz preliminary discourse on ‘The Origina of the Symbolical of Prophetical Language’ makes good reading even today.” [Paul J. Korshin: Typlogies in England 1650-1820]. ESTC states only 10 copies in North America.

​​Bible. Mysticism. Occult. Religion. Revelations. Apocalypse. Prophecy. Theology. Saint John. Angels. The Seven Seals. Apocalyptic Trumpets. Dragon. The Beast. Antichrist. 666. Jesus Christ. Women. Babylon. Symbols. Symbolism. Greek. Latin.        DP20398   $2000.00

Douglas, John. [Bishop of Salisbury].

The Criterion: Or Rules by Which The True Miracles Recorded in the New Testament Are Distinguished From the Spurious Miracles of Pagans and Papists. London: Printed for T. Cadell & W. Davies, 1807. Second edition. 'A New Edition'. [2], 416p. Modern antique speckled calf, floral gilt decorative spine, gilt title on label, new endpapers, original blanks present. With original thin bookmark ribbon bound in, at p 178-79, leaving faint ghosting at very inner margin, no affect. Some minor foxing throughout at outer margins, overall still a near fine copy. At time of description we locate no other copies for sale and no auction records via Rare Book Hub. John Douglas, Bishop of Salisbury (1721-1807), Scottish scholar, author, and bishop.  Vicar of High Ercall, Shropshire in 1750; Canon of Windsor in 1762; Bishop of Carlisle in 1787; and Bishop of Salisbury in 1791. Fellow of the Royal Society and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. “He was meanwhile becoming known as an acute and vigorous writer. In 1750 he exposed the forgeries on the strength of which William Lauder had charges Milton with plagiarism. His pamphlet is called ‘Milton vindictaed from the Charge of Plagiarism’ (1751)... in 1752 Douglas attacked [David] Humes argument upon miracles in a book called the ‘Criterion’. It was in form a letter addressed to an anonymous correspondent, afterwards known to be Adam Smith. The original part of Douglas book is an attempt to prove that modern miracles, such as those ascribed to Xavier, the Jansenist miracles, and the cures by royal touch in England, were not supported by evidence comparable to that which supports the narratives in the gospels. Douglas was afterwards in friendly communication with his antagonist in regards to some points in Humes history (Burton, Hume, ii.78, 87)”. [-DNB]. “Besides his Criterion on Miracles, of which he published a new edition just before his death (our 1807 copy), the bishop wrote several tracts, and was the editor of Cook’s Voyages, to which he prefixed an admirable introduction”. [Cooper Biographical Dict. 1890, I:506].      Miracles. Bible. Religion. Pagans. Papists. Paganism. Supernatural. Superstition. Mysticism. Mysteries. Science. Wonders. Magic.      DP20415   $300.00

Dumas, Alexandre.

Roland De Montrevel; or, The Companions of Jehu. [bound with] Ingenue; or, The Death of Marat. London: Ward and Lock and Thomas Hodgson, 1860. First UK editions. Very rare. 8vo. 286, 301p. Early red cloth, soiled, title label with gilt, minor wear to edges. Some very minor foxing. p165/66 with tiny corner tear, no affect at all. Overall, a nice copy of two scarce titles in one. Companions of Jehu: OCLC lists only six copies, only one copy in the US (Texas). Ingenue: OCLC lists only four copies, only one in the US (UCLA). At time of description we find no other copies listed for sale.       Adventure. Napoleon. Suspense. Politics. Romance.         DP20202   $250.00

[Ducray-Duminil, Francois Guillaume].  Lucy Peacock, trans. 

Ambrose And Eleanor; Or, The Adventures of Two Children Deserted On An Uninhabited Island. London: Printed for R. and L. Peacock, 1797. Second edition. Scarce. 8vo. iv, 226, [2]p. Contemporary calf, gilt stamp ruling to spine, worn, front hinges started, some chipping to board edges. Some foxing. “WCW” old owners signature upper margin of title page. Clean tear to bottom of p19, through some text, but no affect. With engraved frontispiece. Continued title:  “Translated From the French. With Alterations, Adapting it to the Perusal of Youth, for whose Amusement and Instruction it is designed”. English translation of Duminil’s “Lolotte et Fanfan” (1788). Lolotte et Fanfan helped establish the popular novels about orphans and abandoned children that would continue throughout the decade of revolution, it appeared in ten editions between 1788-1810.Lucy Peacock (fl.1785-1816), author, often anonymously of works for children. Peacock was bookseller and publisher of children’s books during the late 18th century, also editor of The Juvenile Magazine.    ESTC: T96711 (listing only 2 copies in UK and 5 copies in US).    Juvenile. Children's books. Adventure. Robinson Crusoe. Orphans. Outcast.

DP20221  $275.00

[Freemasonry - Manuscript Diploma on Vellum 1823].

Diploma for Frere Brisac (Olery). Paris: 1823. Rare. 325 x 445mm. Vellum document ,lithographed, with names and degrees filled-in by hand signed by 12 members of the Rite of Ste. Jean of the Temple of Paris, with circular stamp of the Temple. Finely decorated with masonic symbols, architectural pieces and decorative elements. with two colored ribbons inserted. Frere Brisac was 27 years of age when he achieved this distinction. Freemasonry. Occult. Illustrated. France.         DP20151   $300.00

Degge, Simon.

The Parson's Counsellor, with the Law of Tythes or Tything: in Two Books. The first sheweth the order every parson, vicar &c. ought to observe in obtaining a spiritual preferment, and what duties are incumbent upon him after the taking the same, and many other things necessary for every clergy-man to know and observe. The second shews, in what manner all sorts of tythes offerings, mortuaries, and other church-duties are to be paid, as well in London as elsewhere, and as well by the canon and common and statute-laws, and in what courts and manner they may be recovered, what charges they are subject to, and many other things concerning the same; necessary for clergy-men and all others to know. London: Assigns of Richard and Edward Atkyns for Richard Sark and Joseph Hindmarsh, 1695. 8vo. 2parts in 1. A8[-A1, imprimatur leaf], a8, B-2F7 [-F8 ads].  [30], 412, [36]p. Full calf, banded, title on red morocco label, old signature on t.p. Minor wear to edges of spine and rubbing at corners. Lacks license leaf, text complete. Degge, Sir Simon (1612?–1703), judge. He was knighted on 2 March 1670. Degge served as high sheriff of Derbyshire in 1674–5 and the following year published The Parson's Counsellor, with Law of Tithes or Tithing, a leading textbook on the subject for many years.       Wing D856. ESTC:R6605.         Law. Tithes. Ecclesiatical law.         DP20116   $250.00

Fisher, George, Accompant.

The Instructor: Or, Young Man's Best Companion. Containing, Spelling, Reading, Writing and Arithmetic...To which is added, The Family's Best Companion: With Instruction for Marking Linen, how Pickle and Preserve; to make divers Sorts of Wine; and many excellent Plasters and Medicines... Ana A Compendium of the Sciences of Geography and Astronomy. London:J. Fuller et al., 1775. 12mo. A6, B-R12. xii, 384p. Contemp. sheep, blind-tooled, spine worn, old owner's inscription on endpapers: "Thomas Rawle...1780-1828", some foxing. Frontis. 2 full-page & 1 folding plate, text cuts. A enormously popular eighteenth-century handbook of useful instruction.      ESTC:N8733 (2 copies only).      Writing. Schoolbook. Food. Wine. Sewing. Children. Science. Astronomy. Mathematics. Accounting.                     DP 20104   $150.00

Dupuis, Citoyen [Charles Francois].

Planches De L’Origine De Tous Les Cultes, Avec Leur Explication. Paris: Chez H. Agasse, 1795. First Edition. Atlas only of four volumes. 4to. 16p. 22 plates. Lacks frontispiece [bound that way]. Later blue paper boards, edges worn and rubbed, spine mostly rubbed off, title label chipped, hinges started. Foxing throughout, but mostly only outer margins on plate leaves. Plate 8 with tear to far outer margin, no affect to plate itself. Half title with chip to outer margin, no affect. Ex-libris stamp “De La Bibliotheque d’Armand de Terwangne” to top of first blank leaf. Dupuis, Charles Francois (1742-1809), French political leader, philosopher, atheist. Member of the Academy of Inscriptions and a member of the Council of Five Hundred. His main work was “The Origin of All Cults, or Universal Religion”, in which he developed a theory of ascribing the origina of all religious myths to astral representations. Dupuis denied the historicity of Christ, whom he viewed as a mythological image of the sun. The beginning of the mythological school (The tendency in the bourgeois historiography of Christianity that denies Christ’s historicity) is associated with his name. Plates include homes of the planets, zodiac, planispheres, calendar of Isis, and more.            Caillet 3420. Graesse II:449. Dorbin, Esoterica: 1403. Guaita 1337.            Occult. Illustrated. Esoterica. Religion. Symbolism. Zodiac. Astronomy. Mythology. Atlas. Cosmography.

DP20095   $350.00

Dale, Antonius [Anthony] van.

De Oraculis Ethnicorum Dissertationes Duae...Accedit Et Schediasma De Consecrationibus Ethnics. Amsterdam: Henricum & Theodori Boom, 1683. First Edition. Rare. 8vo. *-**8, A-2I8, 2K6. [32], 510, [15] p. Contemporary calf, floral gilt decorated spine,bottom of spine chipped, front hinge started, light dampstains in lower outer corner. Title with small library stamp outer margin. Folding plate with light pen lines and repairs to folds on verso, otherwise very good (see picture). Additional title and folding plate by Romeyn de Hooghe. The first edition of a work debunking the oracles of ancient Greece and Rome. Van Dale (1638-1708) Mennonite preacher, medical director of the hospital at Haarlem. "He early discovered an eager taste for acquiring the languages, which, for some time, his parents obliged him to give up for the more profitable pursuit of commerce. He, however, resumed his studies when about thirty years of age, acquired skill in Greek and Latin antiquities, and took his degree in physic, which science he practiced with success. In this work on oracles he holds that they were frauds of the priests. Fontenelle has abridged this work in his "des Oracles." Romeyn de Hooghe (1645-1708) Dutch engraver, one of the greatest book artists of his period.   

Thorndike VIII: 477. Caillet 10999. Brunet V:1069.           Occult. Oracles. Fortune telling. Magic. Classics.           DP20094   $400.00

Franzos, Karl Emil, ed.

Die Suggestion Und Die Dichtung. Gutachen über Hypnose und Suggestion. Berlin: F. Fontane & Co., 1892. First Edition. 8vo. xxx, 129, [1]p. Contemorary mottled boards, red leather spine label, minor wear and chipping. Ownership stamp of Fr. Greil of Ludwigsburg, booklabel of Haskell Norman. Text is near fine. "This collection of essays on "Suggestion and poetry" includes contributions by Emil du Bois-Reymond, Richard von Krafft-Ebing and Hermann von Helmholtz. Karl Franzos (1848-1904) , the editor, was an Austrian-Jewish novelist and journalist who exerted an important influence on late nineteenth-century German literature through his editorship of the periodical Deutsche Dichtung," [-Norman Cat].

Norman 835 (This copy).  Not in Crabtree.     Occult. Hypnotism. Mesmerism. Animal magnetism. Psychology.      DP20076   $100.00

Fassmann, David.

Notables Gesprach Zweyer Jesuiter-Monche Pater Johann Baptist Girard, Rector des Kongl. Seminarii de la Marina in der Stadt Toulon, Und dem kongigl. Frantzosischen Beicht-Vater P. La Chaise. Cologne [Frankfurt]: [N.P.], 1731. First Edition. 4to. A-E4. 40p. Modern full pebble-grain leather, gilt title. Engraved frontipiece. Fassmann (1683-1744). “In 1683, there appeared in Paris the Noveaux dialogues des morts of Fontenelle, in which eminent deceased persons, such as princes, statesmen, ans scholars, told of their lives and compared them with each other. Fassmann picked up this idea and ucceeded in holding interest of the public with it for several decennia... Although Fassmann’s for safety’s and caution’s sake, professes to agree with the contemporary theologians in various matters, the work remains substantially true to the spirit of the early Enlightenment. It shows journalistic tendencies, as well as some of the flair of the professional writer who knows how to deal with subjects appealing to the popular and sensation-seeking taste of the time.” [-Faber du Faur].  Jean-Baptiste Girard (1680-1733).    

Weller, Falschen, 77. Hayn/Gotendorf III, 400 "Selten".     Theology. Religion. Dialogues. Death. German Baroque Literature.          DP20075   $125.00

Davenant, John, Bishop of Salisbury.

Expositio Epistolae D.Pauli ad Colossenses... Olim ab eodem, Dominae Margaretae in Academia Cantabrigiensi Professore Theologico, dictata. Geneva: Samuel Chouet, 1655. Scarce. 4to. *4,A-3O4,3P3 [-3P4 blank]. [8], 464, [22]p. Modern antique calf with 4 bands and gilt lettering on the spine. Old owner’s signature on title page. Engraved headpiece, initial letter. Davenant, John (bap. 1572, d. 1641), bishop of Salisbury. "he became known as a staunch defender of Calvinist orthodoxy..." [-ODNB]. This work was first printed in 1627.

OCLC 731716332 (lists only 3 copies, none in USA).        Religion. Theology. Bible.        DP20086   $250.00

Dendy, Walter Cooper.

The Philosophy Of Mystery. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1845. First US Edition. 8vo. vi, 7-442, [4]p. Original brown gilt publisher's cloth, hinges started, some edge wear, foxing. "A critical examination of the question of ghosts, specters, fantasies, mythology, & demonology. There are sections on sleep, dream sleepwalking, & trance. A chapter on mesmerism  follows seeking to bring a skeptical attitude to the rather extraordinary magnetic phenomena…& explaining all in terms of natural law, as opposed to supernatural intervention." [-Crabtree 438].       Price 156. Crabtree 438.

Occult. Witchcraft. Superstition. Magic. Psychology.               DP20069   $75.00

Dellon, Gabriel [Charles].  Henry Wharton, trans.

The History Of The Inquisition, As It Is Exercised at Goa, In the East-Indies, Under the Domination of the King of Portugal. Written in French by Mosieur Dellon, Who laboured Five Years under the Severities of that Inquisition. With An Account of his Deliverance. London: R. Baldwin, [c.1750] 4to. A2, B-I4, K6. [4], 76p. Modern cloth, title gilt on spine, small hole in blank fore-margin of A2, a few page numbers at head slightly trimmed, clean copy. Gabriel (a.k.a. Charles) Dellon (1649-1709?) was a French physician who travelled in the Indies and was arrested by the Portugese and in 1674 was transported to Goa and condemned to serve five years on the galleys. Caillet remarks on the impartiality of his account of the Inquisition. Despite its impartiality,it was put on the Index in 1690. With an advertisement leaf: this History of the inquisition at Goa was translated by the Rev. Mr. Henry Wharton, .. and was first published in .. 1688. A reissue of the 1748 edition with a cancel title-page and advertisement leaf. Wharton, Henry (1664–1695), Church of England clergyman and historian.      

Occult. Inquisition. Travel. Portugal. Religion. Illustrated. Witchcraft.                DP20041   $350.00

Dellon, Gabriel.

Relation De L'Inquisition De Goa. Paris: Daniel Hortemels, 1688. Second, expanded edition. 12mo. a12,e1,A-T12,V3. [26],437,[24]p. Contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt, head of spine chipped, inscription on verso of t.p., finger soiling, large margins, one plate is remounted. 4 engravings (2 folding), 6 text vignettes by P. Sevin. Gabriel (a.k.a. Charles) Dellon (1649-1709?) was a French physician who travelled in the Indies and was arrested  by the Portugese and in 1674 was transported to Goa and condemned to serve five years on the galleys. Caillet remarks on the impartiality of his account of the Inquisition. Despite its impartiality,it was put on the Index in 1690.    Caillet 2954. Fesch 466. Yve-Plessus 1139. Rosenthal, Magica,4725. Van der Vekene 275 (other eds.).    Occult. Inquisition. Travel. Portugal. Religion. Illustrated. Witchcraft.

DP20038   $700.00

Faber, George Stanley.

The Difficulties Of Infidelity. New York: J. & J., Harper for D. Cooledge, 1829. 8vo. xi, [1], 13-214p. Publisher's cloth-backed paper boards, title on paper-label, slightly chipped; some foxing. Faber (1773-1854), controversialist and prolific author on anthropological and apocalyptic subjects. "His books on the primitive doctrines of election and justification retain some importance." [-DNB] This work is an examination of "The difficulties attendant upon deistical infidelity." Faber marshals primitive Christianity, the "false" religions of Mohammed, Odin, and a plethora of theological debates to prove that "the rejection of Christianity involves a higher degree of credulity than the acceptance of it.... [and] that it is more difficult to pronounce the gospel as an imposture than to admit it as a revelation from heaven." [-Feldman p.397]. NSTC 2F432.

Occult. Religion. Sex.    DP20023   $50.00